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  • It is pleasant to record that many persons were inobnoxious to the magic of his title and disapproved of him so strongly that, whenever he entered a room where they happened to be, they would make straight for the door and watch him very severely through the key-hole.

    —Max Beerbohm, The Happy Hypocrite, 1897

    derived from the older sense of 'obnoxious to', "liable to harm from"

    December 31, 2008